Computer Sciences Dept.

A Survey Report on Computer Networks

Michael Schneider

This paper first defines what is meant by a computer network and then looks at the useful user services that can be provided through such a network. It then reviews the design alternatives, both logical and physicial, that are available to a network researcher. Six actual networks--ARPA, CANUNET, MERIT, CYBERNET, OCTOPUS and DCS--are briefly discussed and compared. Finally, the most current research problems are outlined and some possible approaches taken by the designers of the above networks are contrasted.

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